VAUXHALL has unveiled a new, more powerful, 170 PS 2.0-litre CDTi diesel engine at this week’s Paris Motor Show.
The Euro 6 compliant power unit should help the Vauxhall Insignia to fight off the threat from strong new rivals such as the latest Volkswagen Passat and Ford Mondeo, but will also find a home under the bonnet of the Zafira Tourer.
The new engine replaces the previous 163 PS diesel, delivering five per cent more power and 14 per cent more torque – 400 Nm – but reduced fuel consumption and CO2 emissions.
Vauxhall says that engine noise has also been reduced by 5 decibels, and smoothness has been improved as well.
One piece of technology that helps the new diesel run cleaner – the use of AdBlue additive as part of Vauxhall’s BlueInjection Selective Catalytic Reduction system to remove NOx from the exhaust gases.
“This sophisticated engine makes a perfect partner for our top models including Insignia and Zafira Tourer,” said Stuart Harris, Vauxhall’s Head of Carline Brand. “Its high power density, refinement and frugality place it among the very best diesels in its class.”
The new 2.0 CDTi is planned to be the first of a new family of large diesel engines developed by General Motors and will be manufactured at Opel/Vauxhall’s Kaiserslautern engine plant in Germany. It will first appear in Vauxhall Insignia models next year.